May 26

1 Timothy 2:1-2

I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.

Scripture Insights

In Paul’s first recorded letter to Timothy, a young leader appointed to give guidance to the Ephesian church, Paul offers Timothy advice for his congregation. Chapter 2 addresses the importance of proper worship.

Paul’s priority for prayer as worship must not be lost on us. He urges our prayers to include “petitions” (making requests for specific needs), “prayers” (bringing people before the throne of God), “intercession” (appealing boldly on their behalf), and “thanksgiving” (offering thankfulness for them).

Paul goes on to specifically exhort the Ephesians to pray “for kings and all those in authority” (v. 2). Why? The duty of the state is to keep the peace, protect its citizens, preserve law and order, and punish evil.

John Stott questioned, “[Is] the slow progress towards peace and justice in the world, and towards world evangelization, . . . due more than anything else to the prayerlessness of the people of God? . . . What [would] happen if God’s people throughout the world learned to wait upon him in believing, persevering prayer?”

Our petitions, prayers, intercession, and thanksgiving are to be made for everyone!

Today’s Prayer

King of Kings and Lord of Lords, guide us to pray for your coming kingdom. Forgive us for the times we have made it about our perceived empires. May your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

Prayer Journal Reflections

What is the Holy Spirit saying to you today about the Lord’s protection, direction, and revelation for your life and the life of the church?

—Rose Brower-Young, District Superintendent, Canada West

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